About the Early Korea Project

The Early Korea Project is dedicated to the development of academic study of early Korean history and archaeology, focusing on the periods prior to the eleventh century.


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EKP Publication Announcements

Two new volumes in the Early Korea Project Occasional Series are published.

The first volume, edited by Mark E. Byington, is titled The Han Commanderies in Early Korean History, and consists of ten chapters and an introduction. This volume treats that period of the history of the Korean peninsula characterized by the presence of commanderies first established by the Chinese Han empire in 108 B.C. The ten chapters of this volume address such topics as the societies that preceded the commanderies, the history and material culture of the commanderies, particularly of Lelang, the political and cultural influence the commanderies exerted upon surrounding regions, and the structural character of the commanderies in Korea viewed in broad perspective.


The second volume, edited by Youn-mi Kim, is titled New Perspectives on Early Korean Art: From Silla to Koryŏ, and consists of five chapters and an introduction. This volume includes discussion of a variety of artworks, ranging from gold adornments found in Silla tombs to Koryŏ Buddhist paintings scattered in modern museum and private collections, that provide insight into the religious practices, aesthetics, cross-cultural exchanges, and everyday life of the people who made, used, appreciated, and circulated them. Based on thorough investigations of these artworks, their social context, and related texts, the five chapters in this book elucidate the cross-cultural interactions between the peoples and regions of Korea, China and South and Southeast Asia during the Silla to Koryŏ periods.


Ordering information is available here.



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News from 2006 to 2011 is available at EKP News Archive.


Coming Events

Future Early Korea Project events will be announced as they are scheduled.


Recent Events

New Approach to the Archaeology of Fur Trade in Old Chosun
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
4:30 pm
Porte Seminar Room (S250), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Archaeological Evidence of Social Inequality and Complexity in Early Korea
Yangjin PAK
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
4:30 pm
Porte Seminar Room (S250), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Five Features of Three Kingdoms Period Architecture
Nancy S. Steinhardt
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
4:30 pm
Porte Seminar Room (S250), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA



For information contact Dr. Mark Byington at byington@fas.harvard.edu. Vimeo